School secretaries have a varied and demanding job. In addition to administrative tasks to keep the school running smoothly, they also must deal with students needing special attention or discipline before being referred to the principal. They also deal with parents on a daily basis, answering questions and directing them to the proper resource when issues arise. While parents of students generally bestow a holiday gift upon the teachers, we sometimes forget these wonderful women who are such an integral part of the education system. Here are five Christmas gift ideas for your child’s school secretary.
Gift Card to a Stationary Store. School offices are generally stocked with the basics, but budget cuts have eliminated any fun extras that make the day a little brighter. A ten or twenty dollar gift card to a local stationary store can enable the secretary to purchase neon colored post it notes or novelty pens to cheer up her day. It is often those little treats that make the workday much more pleasant.
Candy Jar Filled with Goodies. School secretaries love to reward students who drop by to run an errand, or make the morning announcements. A glass candy jar filled with lollipops or chocolate candies can allow them to offer a treat to student visitors and also indulge themselves. If there is an approved listing of snacks and treats that can be brought into the school, be sure to consult it before stocking up the candy jar.
Personalized Mug or Pen Set. Taking the extra step to have your holiday gift engraved or personalized with the secretary’s name, initials or title will surely express your respect and appreciation. If you often volunteer at your child’s school or regularly visit the office, take a peek around her desk. The last thing you want to do is give her a personalized coffee mug if she already has three of them. Try to make your gift a bit unique so that you know it will be put to good use during the school year.
Houseplant. Not only do common houseplants add a bit of life and cheer to a workplace, they also have distinctive health benefits as well. Plants are a great helper in purifying the air of toxins. You will not only be giving your secretary a great decor item for the office, you will also be helping her to work in a cleaner and healthier space.
Tray of Homemade Goodies. No store bought item can ever express warmer holiday wishes than a plate or platter of goodies baked right in your kitchen. Wrap a tray of brownies, Christmas cookies or cupcakes with a sheet of colored cellophane and tie it up with a ribbon. She can share the gift with her co workers or save them for a cozy evening at home with her family.